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How to Find an Apartment Abroad

You can find an apartment abroad through a rental agency, newspaper classifieds, or through adviser referrals, but take necessary precautions.


  • Step 1: Select from rental options Select your rental preference. Options include a flat with a short-term lease, a long-term rental, or a sublet from someone who will be gone for a period of time.
  • Step 2: Do an internet search Do an internet search for apartment rentals in your destination city. You'll get a long list of results, so weed out the best choices.
  • Step 3: Browse rental classified ads Browse ads for furnished apartments in your destination city's online newspaper. Place a "Rental Wanted" ad in an English-language newspaper.
  • TIP: In a city where apartments go fast, read local newspaper ads only after you arrive and prepare to act fast.
  • Step 4: Contact a college's Study Abroad program Contact a college's Study Abroad program adviser even if you're not a student. They may know of rental agencies in your destination city.
  • Step 5: Contact a college at your destination Contact a university in your destination city for advice on locating rentals. Some colleges may offer their own long-term room rentals.
  • Step 6: Go to the Tourism Offices Worldwide site Go to the Tourism Offices Worldwide site to find contact info on tourism offices in your destination country. They may offer accommodations searches.
  • TIP: Some countries have tourism offices in the U.S. Visit a local office if one is near you.
  • Step 7: Go to the U.S. State Department site Before you make a final decision, read "Security Guidelines for American Families Living Abroad" at the U.S. State Department site. Safety should be a priority when renting abroad.
  • FACT: Instead of monthly rent, many Korean landlords have foreigners pay jeonse, a returnable deposit typically over 40 percent of an apartment's purchase value.

You Will Need

  • Destination city newspaper
  • College Study Abroad department
  • Your destination country's tourism office

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